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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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3117. FRANCE, Affronted by Adams.—
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3117. FRANCE, Affronted by Adams.—

Mr. Adams's speech to Congress in May
[1798] is deemed such a national affront, that
no explanation on other topics can be entered
on till that, as a preliminary, is wiped away
by humiliating disavowals or acknowledgments.
This working hard with our Envoys,
and indeed seeming impracticable for
want of that sort of authority, submission to
a heavy amercement (upwards of a million
sterling) was, * * *, suggested as an
alternative, which might be admitted if proposed
by us. These overtures had been
through informal agents; and both the alternatives
bringing the Envoys to their ne
they resolve to have no more communication
through inofficial characters, but to
address a letter directly to the government,
to bring forward their pretensions.—
To James Madison. Washington ed. iv, 232. Ford ed., vii, 234.
(Pa., April. 1798)
See X. Y. Z. Plot.